July 19 Morning Edition

— Kasich Lunch Creates More Distrust Between The Illinois Republican Delegation – Lauren Chooljian, Tony Arnold
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Republicans got to have a midday snack with Ohio governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich Monday. Getting some face time with national political figures is one of the perks of going to the Republican National Convention, but for some Illinois Trump delegates, the lunch with Kasich was a distraction and it increased the strain in their already fragile relationship with a state party they say hasn’t done enough to back their candidate. It’s been well-publicized that former presidential candidate John Kasich is not going inside the convention center. Instead, he’s meeting state delegations, like Illinois’ — at a nice steakhouse in downtown Cleveland. On Monday, the room for Kasich was so full of Illinois delegates wanting to hear from Kasich that the restaurant’s air conditioning system couldn’t keep the delegates from getting sweaty. But just as Kasich started addressing the crowd, chaos was erupting on the floor of the RNC. In short, the Never Trump Delegates were making a last ditch effort at disrupting the nomination of Donald Trump. But inside the steakhouse, it wasn’t yet clear what was happening on the floor, and Kasich didn’t address it. Instead, the Ohio governor talked about supporting Illinois Republicans like Gov. Bruce Rauner in his prolonged fight with a Democratic supermajority in the state House and Senate. Rauner has also not formally endorsed Trump and is skipping this week’s national convention. “At some point, Rauner’s gonna break through. It’s like chipping away at the wall. It’s like chip, chip, chip, and when the dam breaks, Illinois’ gonna be better off,” Kasich told delegates. But for Trump delegates like Stella Kozanecki, that five-minute speech was not worth the trip. Kozanecki and her fellow Trump delegate Maria Hough said they regret their decision to go see Kasich. Like many of the Illinois delegation, they’re completely new to the political process and figured they’d just follow the schedule given to them by the Illinois Republican Party. “When we first got the invite, [Stella] said ‘I smell a rat, I don’t wanna go.’ And I said Stella, ‘it’s steak, we’ll go have some steak.’ And we thought it was okay!” Hough said. But then the Illinois Trump delegates got word via text message that things weren’t okay. “I’m really sorry we went to the steakhouse this afternoon with the Illinois delegation,” Kozanecki said. “I always miss all the fun.”  So they bolted from the steakhouse: 80-year-old Stella Kozanecki in a wheelchair, and Maria Hough pushing her wildly through the chaos of downtown Cleveland. Before Hough even stepped foot in Cleveland, she said her sole purpose of attending the convention was to “protect her man,” by which she means Donald Trump. And in that moment, running through the streets of Cleveland, it felt to her like her desire for steak could cost Trump the nomination. By the time they made it to the floor, the chaos was over and there was no longer a threat to Trump. But something still wasn’t okay for Hough and Kozanecki. “I feel like I was duped,” Hough said. Hough and Kozanecki think the Kasich lunch was a ruse to get them out of the convention hall and leave Trump’s nomination vulnerable. But even Kasich supporters who were Never Trumps from Illinois opposed what happened on the convention floor. One prominent Never-Trump delegate, Pat Brady, said the opportunity to deny Trump the nomination fell apart last week. But for Kozanecki and Hough, there are still lingering doubts about the Illinois Republican Party leadership, and it speaks to the distrust between those who run the Illinois Republican Party and those who are new to it, watching as supporters of Trump. And this is happening during a week meant to unify the party.)


— Beyond Trump and Clinton: What Republicans and Democrats stand for – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors FOCUS ON GETTING RID OF THOSE WHO ARE Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— The presidential election polls agree on one thing: Voters rue their choices – David Lauter  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois, their operatives, and their dupes who focus on promoting “negatives” of a) those who support planks in the Republican Party platform that they reject, b) those who support the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling, c) those who they cannot manipulate/dominate, and d) those who have sued them.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A Washington Post/ABC News poll released over the weekend, for example, found 58% of voters were dissatisfied with the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Among those surveyed, 64% had an unfavorable view of Trump, while 54% felt unfavorably toward Clinton. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey offered a similar verdict: Trump was viewed favorably by 27% of those surveyed and unfavorably by 60%. That net negative rating of 33 points was the worst in the history of the poll. But Clinton’s image was only somewhat better: 34% positive, 56% negative.)
— Skipping Republican convention, Kirk rebrands himself ‘Mr. Illinois’ – Rick Pearson  (DIERSEN: How long have your ancestors been in Illinois?  All my ancestors immigrated to northeast Illinois during the 1840s and 1850s from what is now Germany.  I have lived in Illinois since 1948 and in Wheaton since 1978.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is bypassing the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but he’s still trying to garner attention as he seeks re-election in November. As “Mr. Illinois.”  In a video posted on Twitter, Team Kirk unveiled a feature called “60 seconds with Mr. Illinois” in which he offers his view that Lou Malnati’s is his go-to pizza in Chicago and that The Ledge on the Skydeck at Willis Tower is his recommendation as a must-see destination. Kirk also offers that his favorite new sport is tower climbing, citing his stair climbing at the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center following his stroke. He doesn’t mention presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump or his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, but does tout his efforts to help protect whistleblowers at the federal Veterans Administration.)
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO, ON COOK COUNTY, ON ILLINOIS, AND ON AMERICA TIGHTENS: After another violent weekend, Chicago police say ‘everyone’ needs to step up and help
— Hampton Creek CEO buys full-page ads to call Trump campaign ‘un-American,’ includes phone number – Brian Fung (DIERSEN: Some day I should add up all the time and money that I have spent putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out since 2000.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: If reading the Sunday paper is a weekly tradition, you might find an interesting surprise today: A full-page ad that’s mostly blank space, with bold lettering at the top that reads “DEAR DONALD.” Donald, of course, is a reference to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The ad follows with a short letter signed by a person identifying himself as Josh Tetrick. It appeared on Page A5 of the Sunday New York Times as well as the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, where the Republican convention is set to begin Monday. The Times charges nearly $152,000 for a nationwide black-and-white full-page ad on Sundays, meaning that Tetrick just dropped a serious amount of dough on trying to take Trump down a notch. That’s more money than two typical Tesla Model S’s put together, and before you even get to what Tetrick may have paid the Plain Dealer and other newspapers across the country for a spot.)


— Some Melania Trump speech lines mirror Michelle Obama speech – AP
— Postcards from the front – Michael Sneed
— Lewandowski: Melania speech staffer should be ‘accountable’ – Lynn Sweet (DIERSEN: Does anyone write your speeches, and if so, who?  It would be great if the operatives and dupes who have slandered me in the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall and elsewhere would disclose who wrote their speeches.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Tuesday morning the Trump staffer responsible for Melania Trump’s convention speech – now the subject of plagiarism allegations – should be held “accountable.”  Mrs. Trump is accused of delivering a speech with some passages similar to first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.)


— Harvard study: as Trump won, media coverage turned sharply negative – Byron York


— DIERSEN: PANELISTS INCLUDE DILLARD AND IBENDAHL: 28:12 VIDEO: July 18, 2016 – Full Show “Chicago Tonight” covers the Republican National Convention with special reports and footage from reporters on the scene. Ohio Gov. John Kasich Offers Different Republican Vision to Illinois GOP US Rep. Peter Roskam: ‘Important’ to Attend GOP Convention
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Republican Party leaders who are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and/or RINOs use the Republican Party’s big tent policy to cut out those like me who support all the planks in the party’s platform, including its traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “An inclusive reform agenda is where my head is,” Kasich said. “We don’t want to cut anyone out. We are a big tent and we have to act like it. We have to have ideas and policies that expand who we are as Republicans without giving up our principals.” Kasich also said that he’d be in Illinois on Aug. 4 campaigning for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in his re-election battle against Democrat Tammy Duckworth.)


— Pat Hughes Discusses the RNC on Politics Tonight


— Darin LaHood skipping GOP convention, but still backs Trump – Nick Vlahos


— RNC 2016: Mainstream Republicans And The Trump “Newbies” – AMANDA VINICKY


— Rauner Dodges Questions On Presidential Race
— Rodney Davis Talks RNC, Trump Presidency


— Independent Voters of Illinois hold annual dinner in Hyde Park – SAM RAPPAPORT  (DIERSEN: The IVI seems to be a front for the Democrat Party.)


— Lewis backs Independent Map Amendment – Carol Ostrow


— IL. State Rep. C D Davidsmeyer, State Sen. Sam McCann Accepted Illegal Campaign Donations From Public Hospital District – John Kraft


— POLITIFACT COMPARES THE CANDIDATES: CLINTON VS. TRUMP ON IMMIGRATION – MIRIAM VALVERDE  (DIERSEN: Democrats and RINOs encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally. Democrats and RINOs side with individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that want to destroy America.)


— LIVE COVERAGE *** Republican National Convention




— Melania Trump steps into political spotlight at RNC, Giuliani electrifies crowd


— Giuliani: Trump Knows Enemy Is ‘Islamic Extremist Terrorism’ – Greg Richter


— Gingrich: Melania Trump is ‘Living Proof’ the Presumptive GOP Nominee Isn’t Anti-Immigrant – Tre Goins-Phillips
— ‘Utter Degenerate Filth’: Pro-Choice Group Catches Heat for ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Abortions’ – Carly Hoilman


— Latino leaders switch gears, announce plans to back Donald Trump – Seth McLaughlin
— Democrat-funded protests backfire as officer killings boost support for police – Valerie Richardson
— Melania Trump calls becoming U.S. citizen greatest privilege on Earth – Stephen Dinan (DIERSEN: Democrats want to give U.S. citizenship to ANYONE who promises to vote for Democrats, and especially to those who come to America illegally.)


— Roskam: ‘We’ve got a full blown convention, here we go’ – SEAN LANGILLE
— Melania Trump salutes Bob Dole in convention speech – GABBY MORRONGIELLO  (DIERSEN: Dole walked in Wheaton’s 1996 Independence Day Parade.)


— Reince Priebus And The Entire Republican National Committee Need To Resign Over Convention Day 1 Clown Show – ULYSSES ARN


— Is the Party Over for Bushism? – Patrick J. Buchanan
— Obama’s Links to Pro-Terrorist Groups – Cliff Kincaid
— Fox News to remove CEO Roger Ailes over sex harassment suit – UPI
— About that ‘truck attack’ in France


— How the Clinton Foundation Got Rich off Poor Haitians – DINESH D’SOUZA
— The Party of Nostalgia – RACHEL LU  (DIERSEN: The following demonize, denigrate, and condemn the “good old days:” those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Melania Takes A Shot At Hillary: ‘My Husband Will Never Be Bought’ – Kaitlan Collin
— Federal Bureaucrat Unions Sure To Fume Over This Reform Plan For Trump – Kathryn Watson  (DIERSEN: Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass a background investigation, e) because they cannot pass a physical examination, f) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or g) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against its employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What do you say to those who say/stress that they are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time TO GIVE THEMSELVES STANDING TO DEMONIZE, TO DENIGRATE, AND TO CONDEMN THOSE WHO ARE Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who demonize, denigrate, and condemn those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.


— Priebus: I’d ‘probably’ fire Melania Trump speechwriter – By Rebecca Savransky  (DIERSEN: Does anyone write your speeches, and if so, who?  It would be great if the operatives and dupes who have slandered me in the Wheaton Bowl Banquet Hall and elsewhere would disclose who wrote their speeches.)
— Newt Gingrich: Melania proves that Trump is not ‘anti-immigrant’ – Caitlin Yilek
— Trump makes his big entrance – Cate Martel
— Melania’s message: Donald Trump is ready to work for America – Ian Swanson
— GOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump – Alexander Bolton  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps stick with anti-Trumps.  Anti-Trumps are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Ivanka Trump: Republican no-shows ‘don’t want to be part of the future’ – Nick Gass  (DIERSEN: At this point in the presidential election process, if you got elected or appointed to a government office or political office as a Republican, and if you are not going to help elect Trump/Pence, you should immediately resign.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Social conservatives win on GOP platform.”
— NRSC says it’s still betting on Kirk in Illinois – Natasha Korecki
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps use ridicule to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Trump and his supporters.  Anti-Trumps are disciples of Saul Alinsky.


— Black Lives Matter-Bashing Black Sheriff Is Donald Trump’s New Best Friend  Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. was a crowd favorite Monday night. – Kate Sheppard
— Diversity As An Enriching Experience – Daan Braveman  (DIERSEN: Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote diversity focus on getting rid of those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Melania Trump’s Convention Speech Failed Miserably To Humanize Donald Trump.”


— OUTSTANDING: Republican Platform Tacks Right on Social Issues – AP
— Melania Trump Takes the Stage and Sings Donald’s Praises at the RNC – MEGHAN KENEALLY


— Clinton: Trump is the most dangerous man to ever run for President


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors say “The Most Extreme Republican Platform in Memory.”
— OUTSTANDING: Republican Platform Defends ‘Traditional’ Marriage, a Border Wall and Coal – JEREMY W. PETERS
— Peaceful Dueling Protests So Far as G.O.P. Convention Begins – YAMICHE ALCINDOR and MATT FLEGENHEIMER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump Is Getting Even Trumpier!”
— Don’t Confuse Veterans and Violence – PHIL KLAY
— Veterans Worry Baton Rouge and Dallas Shootings Will Spread Stereotypes – DAVE PHILIPPS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats say that Republicans are racists.
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Convention Gives Trump Chance to Clear an Obstacle: Himself – ADAM NAGOURNEY  (DIERSEN: Who blames you for your problems?  Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always blamed me for my problems.)
— In Choosing Mike Pence, Donald Trump Moves Closer to Big Donors Like the Kochs – NICHOLAS CONFESSORE


— The Republican party just had a nightmare moment on the convention floor – Chris Cillizza


— Too many Muslims among us believe in violence  The vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, but that’s small comfort after Nice. – Franklin Graham
— Unlike Trump, Pence has been a press champion – Rem Rieder  (DIERSEN: Will Pence champion GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?  Will he stop those who focus on stopping me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out?  Will he stop those who focus on stopping everyone from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Donald Trump hardly has a record as a champion of the press. He has talked of gutting libel law protection for the media once he makes it to the White House. He has blacklisted major news outlets from covering his rallies when he doesn’t like their reporting. He has insulted journalists individually and collectively, calling political reporters “among the most dishonest people that I have ever met.” Indeed, Trump seems to see critical articles not as part of the accountability process built into American democracy but simply as personal attacks. It’s somewhat surprising, then, that his choice of running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, over the years has been a stalwart champion of freedom of the press. During his years in Congress, Pence was a leader in the persistent, but ultimately unsuccessful, effort to pass a shield law, which in many instances would protect journalists from being forced to identify confidential sources. In an op-ed in The Washington Times in 2008, Pence gave a ringing endorsement to the importance of an aggressive press in a free society, one that would have been right at home in a dispatch from the American Society of News Editors. Citing the value of articles that had revealed disturbing conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and steroid abuse in baseball, Pence wrote that such pieces would never have seen the light of day “were it not for confidential sources and the dogged persistence of a free and independent press.” And he linked his support for such dogged journalism firmly to his own well-right-of-center politics. “As a conservative who believes in limited government, I believe the only check on government power in real time is a free and independent press,” he wrote, “A free press ensures the flow of information to the public, and in this time of scandal and corruption in high places, such information is needed now more than ever to hold the government accountable.”)


— RNC: Kasich, Ohio losing friends for not backing Trump – Doug Livingston  (DIERSEN: Trump won the March 15, 2016 Illinois Republican presidential primary election.  What do you say to past and present “Republican” activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois who continue to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn Trump and those who voted for Trump in Illinois?  If you continue to demonize, to denigrate, or to condemn Trump and those who voted for Trump, you are shouting that you are really a Democrat, a Libertarian, a Green , or a RINO.)


— Wisconsin receives an F for diversity of judges  Despite diversity in law school classrooms, minorities, women, less likely to become judges – JULIA O’DONNELL  (DIERSEN: In Diersen v. GAO, all judges who were involved made it clear that they approved of, if not advocated a) political affiliation discrimination, b) reverse discrimination, c) age discrimination, and d) retaliation against those like me who complained about the aforesaid.)


— Republicans Face a Fundamental Question as Donald Trump Remakes Party – Gerald Seib  (DIERSEN: Those are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors WANT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO DUMP THOSE WHO ARE Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— The Republican Divide  Trump has exposed old GOP fault lines, but the House signals a better way. – Editorial (DIERSEN: Far too many Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs in the “House” want to dump those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— Drop in Rates Swells Pension Burdens in U.S.  Companies struggle to close funding gap, avoid big rise in payments to government insurer – VIPAL MONGA  (DIERSEN: Far more Democrats than Republicans are borrowers.  Low interest rates help borrowers.  Far more Republicans than Democrats are savers.  Low interest rates harm savers.)
— The Case for Donald Trump  The alternative is President Hillary Rodham Clinton. – WILLIAM MCGURN
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Speaking Slots Reflect Trump Family’s Big Role – Monica Langley  (DIERSEN: How old are you?  I am 67.  Are you involved in politics?  How big is your family?  My wife and I never had children.  My only sibling, my brother, live in Crete and never had children. My father died in 1969 and my mother died this year.  My grandparents on my father’s side had two children, my father and his sister who had no children and has been in an assisted living facility since 2010.  My grandparents on my mother’s side had my mother, her sister, and two brothers.  Her sister had no children and has been in a nursing home for many years.  Her brothers had children, but none of their children, grand children, or great grandchildren live in DuPage County.)
— Melania Trump Steps Into Spotlight at Convention  Presumptive GOP presidential nominee ‘does not give up,’ wife says – HEATHER HADDON  (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents say that you gave up being?  My critics/opponents would say that I gave up being a) the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, b) a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, c) the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, d) an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, e) an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, f) a GAO employee, g) an IRS employee, h) a Firestone Stores employee, i) etc.  My critics/opponents are beyond overjoyed that I no longer hold the aforesaid positions.)


— Melania Trump Speaks, With a Special Appearance by Her Husband – Ben Geier


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republicans’ Convention Advertises Their Weakness.”  Anti-Trumps are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Donald Trump uses first night of GOP convention to stir his base into a frenzy.”  Anti-Trumps are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.


— How the GOP Rolled the Anti-Trumpers  The smoke-filled room returns to American politics. – Jim Newell
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps do not like it that Rudy Giuliani said “Donald Trump will do for America what I did for New York City.”
— The National Chairman of the Young Republicans Dennis Cook Is a 38-Year-Old Suburban Father of Three – Ben Mathis-Lilley  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government started demonizing, denigrating, and condemning me as being old when I was 25.  They knew that my father had type 1 diabetes from age 14 and that he had died suddenly in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Every four years the Republican Party makes a half-hearted effort at its convention to appeal to people who aren’t old and white. This is a particularly tough task in 2016 given that the party’s aging white male nominee is explicitly campaigning on the premise of returning America to a white, male-dominated past. Not helping matters on this front was Monday Republican National Convention speaker Dennis Cook. Cook is the national leader of the Young Republicans; he is also, as you can see above, not a super young-and-dynamic-looking guy. In fact, his online presence seems to indicate that he is 38 years old, is the father of three children, and lives and works in the Chicago suburbs.* (You can be a Young Republican until you’re 40.) Cook did not help himself when he appeared unfamiliar with the way that the names of websites work: . . . Look, I have nothing against having children, being in your late ’30s, or living in the suburbs. Most of my friends either already meet those criteria or will do so shortly. But it is probably not the profile of someone who is going to get the millennials voting Republican.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Fear and loathing of Clinton: Forget Melania — Hillary-hating took center stage at RNC’s opening night
Melania Trump’s much-anticipated speech was drowned out by hours of unhinged Hillary bashing at the RNC.”


— 60% Say Race Relations Have Gotten Worse Since Obama’s Election
— Voters Drawn More to GOP’s Convention Than to Democrats’

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.